Rell Delays Bond Commission Vote, Plus: Mustof Been Mistaken! Anthony Musto’s Detention Center Problem

Afternoon Update: Rell delays juvenile detention center vote for 30 days.

Statement from Mayor Finch:

“I thank Governor Rell for taking the juvenile girl’s facility (which DCF had suggested be sited at Virginia Avenue in Bridgeport) off of this month’s bond commission agenda. As I have said all along, this important facility should be located at a more appropriate site. I look forward to continuing to work diligently with the Governor and DCF over the next few weeks to fully examine alternatives. I want to thank our city’s residents for having focused the state’s attention on issues surrounding the location of this facility.”

Statement from State Rep. Chris Caruso:

(Statement from State Representative Christopher Caruso (D-Bridgeport) on the decision by the Governor to delay for one month a vote by the state Bond Commission concerning the treatment center for girls.)

“This is a significant short term victory for the good people of Bridgeport. While we appreciate the decision by the Governor to delay for one month a vote by the state Bond Commission, the next step is for all appropriate parties to meet and select an appropriate alternative site. All of this could have been avoided if the administration had acted in good faith.”

The juvenile detention center issue will produce tons of good will for some pols, tons of turds for others.

State Rep. Chris Caruso is on the side of the angels fighting, screaming and kicking to try to defeat the state Bond Commission vote. Irrespective of success, voters know he’s putting up the good fight. Mayor Bill Finch is doing his part as well offering alternate city locations as a logical stab at sanity to persuade narrow-minded pols there’s a better way. Both Caruso and Finch, mayoral primary opponents in 2007 and possibly again next year, urged Governor Jodi Rell and the State Bond Commission at a news conference today to reexamine the proposed location on Virginia Avenue, located in Caruso’s district not far from Finch’s home. From Chris Keating, Hartford Courant:

“Maybe it was my naivete,” said Susan Hamilton, commissioner of the Department of Children and Families. “I thought the neighborhood would be pleased with what will be put there.”

State Rep. Christopher Caruso, the dean of the Bridgeport delegation, held a press conference in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Tuesday morning and then marched through the tunnel that connects the building to the state Capitol. Caruso and his group were met on the Capitol’s first floor by Adam Liegeot, an attorney and spokesman for the governor who told the group that he would accept their letter.

“I respect you all,” Liegeot told the crowd of more than a dozen people.

“Heck with respect,” retorted Caruso, who has clashed often with the Rell administration and its chief of staff, M. Lisa Moody. “We want to meet with her. Let’s go upstairs.”

Caruso and his supporters then marched up the stairs to Rell’s suite of offices. The residents charged that Bridgeport has been treated like a foreign territory and left as a dumping ground for a trash-to-energy facility, several jails and lock-ups, and a wide variety of social problems. The letter still had not been delivered as of 1:40 p.m. Tuesday.

“Even though we are Bridgeporters, you are our governor,” the letter stated. “For more than two years, the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Public Works plotted secretly to build this facility without our knowledge or input.”

Caruso says he was completely unaware of the plans for the facility until they burst into the public eye recently.

But the Rell administration responded that an article was printed in the local newspaper 18 months ago that the site had been chosen at 115 Virginia Avenue. Meetings were held with local residents in late October 2008 on the plans.

Caruso and others also said repeatedly at the press conference that Rell has not visited the site, and they pleaded with her to tour the facility.

When told that the Rell administration had said that the governor had visited the site, Caruso responded, “Maybe she was doing a campaign stop, but it wasn’t to walk that neighborhood.”

Rell visited the site again on Monday of this week, Hamilton said.

One pol who has a problem, and not just in Bridgeport, is freshman State Senator Anthony Musto who rode into office during Barack’s 2008 tsunami. Anthony is a decent, sweetheart of a guy who’s trying to learn the ways of the state legislature. His political skills, however, might convince Dale Carnegie to offer a new political course: “Hey dude, wake up!”

Anthony was drooling to kick out a news release Oct. 20 following Rell’s inglorious announcement to stick the tax-exempt girls’ facility in a residential area in the Upper East Side. “I’m glad to hear that this project is moving forward in Bridgeport, and I thank the governor for this investment in our city. Fifteen million in construction work taking place in Bridgeport is welcome news in these difficult economic times,” Anthony crowed in his news release posted on OIB. That release clearly showed that Musto doesn’t understand his district, and is totally disengaged from political common sense.

Musto represents a rarity in state government, a senate district that covers suburban towns such as Trumbull and Monroe with nearly one half of its constituents in Bridgeport. It’s not an easy thing to balance. Finch, when he represented the senate district, learned how to appeal to the needs of all three towns. Rob Russo did the same for the short time he represented the district before Rob was overwhelmed by the Barack tidal wave.

And then something happened on the way to Gov. Rell’s planned news conference in Bridgeport to announce her $15 million prison. Someone told Jodi this thing is gonna be a hornets’ nest. Let’s bail on the presser and figure out our next move. The item was temporarily pulled from the Bond Commission agenda and the state conducted a showy public hearing just so they could say that they did.

Meanwhile, Anthony had one of those oops! moments when he saw his constituents going batshit. He had a change of heart. Well, maybe this thing isn’t so good for my district after all? Now Anthony’s trying to reinvent history on his position. This is not the kind of thing a freshman legislator wants nipping at his heels. This issue is not just about one neighborhood. This is being felt in the North End, West Side and Black Rock, also neighborhoods in Musto’s senate district. Could the state bastards do the same to us?

A couple of Trumbull Republicans are lining up to challenge Musto, but to me Anthony is vulnerable in a primary, and he’s not just vulnerable in Bridgeport. In Trumbull, new Republican First Selectman Tim Herbst and Town Treasurer John Ponzio are kicking out financial revelations every week–the kind of stuff that ticks off taxpayers–that had occurred on Anthony’s watch when he was Trumbull town treasurer including sweetheart health insurance deals and overpayment on pensions to retirees. Add to that Anthony’s support for new tax increases in the legislature and now you’re ringing the dinner bell for a candidate that knows how to exploit weaknesses.

Musto won his 2008 primary by a hair over Marilyn Moore, former legislative aide to State Senator Ed Gomes. I don’t know if Moore will take another crack at Anthony but the time is getting closer to make that decision as we approach this Goliath of an election cycle. City Council President Tom McCarthy would be a formidable primary opponent as well but Big Mac has too much on his plate to wage a run. Black Rock City Council member Sue Brannelly is a pistol. But would she do it?

How about former State Rep. Lee Samowitz whose legislative seat was redistricted out 10 years ago? Lee is well regarded in his home district Black Rock and has the political sense to understand that a residential neighborhood is not the place to put a prison!

Now, one person who could help save Musto is State Senator Eileen Daily, a Democratic member of the Bond Commission, who’s expected to side with the governor to approve the bonding dough. She could stand up and say “I’ve heard the pleas from my friends such as Anthony Musto and I now realize that Bridgeport has other suitable locations for the detention center.” That would help get Anthony off the hook. But will Daily do that?

Speaking of the detention center Nancy Hadley, former director of Economic Development, sent this letter to Daily:

As you know, Bridgeport is the home to the new Juvenile Court and Detention Center on Water Street. Although a contentious vote at the time since it was waterfront property, it has been built and is providing a much needed regional service. This Friday, you will be asked to vote on another juvenile detention center that the Governor wants to build in a residential neighborhood of Bridgeport. I respectfully request that you vote no. This is not the right location. This design did not go through the same vetting that the first detention center followed. Why is a mystery to me but it is what it is. I suggest that the Department of Public Facilities finds a way to add a wing or several floors to the Water Street location in order to house the girls. It makes no sense to me to put a $15 million facility in a residential neighborhood. The Water Street location is next to the Intermodal Transportation Center, therefore the families have access to transit and rail within walking distance. The Water Street facility already has the court and educational facilities on site.

Senator, Bridgeport has just finished a five year overhaul of all of its land use policies. All of them! Over $1 million has been spent to create a new Master Plan based on the economics of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and new zoning map and regs based on transit oriented development, sustainability and smart growth. No other municipality in the state has taken the principles of responsible growth and sustainability and applied them city wide including a Downtown Village District. Bridgeport did this to reposition its economic development strategies to grow its tax base. Over 40% of the city’s tax base is tax exempt due to the plethora of court houses, medical facilities and social service agencies. Its mil rate is 38, far exceeding its competing municipalities. Bridgeport needs precious bond commission dollars to help Bridgeport grow its tax base. Now that the City has gone through the very painful process of doing the land use updates, Bridgeport should not be ‘rewarded’ with another detention center. It should be supported to help the private developers that need gap filling assistance to make their project pencil out. Those developers have been in the DECD/CHFA/OPM dance for over three years and have not advanced to the Bond Commission. Those are the deals that need the State’s help. Please Senator.

Send the Juvenile Detention Center for Girls back to the drawing boards. Ask the Governor to put the private deals that need gap financing on the Agenda.

Bridgeport did its part; it revised its land use policies to make sure the private developers do not have extraneous development costs as it grows its downtown. The gaps in construction costs, although now much smaller, are still there.

Please Senator. Do not vote to put another detention center in Bridgeport.

Help Bridgeport grow its tax base.

Nancy Hadley

Former Director of Planning and Economic Development during the Fabrizi Administration

News release from SuBy:


Files Brief With Court of Appeals

(HARTFORD, CT)‐–Calling on the courts to uphold Connecticut’s landmark clean elections law, Secretary of the State and potential gubernatorial candidate Susan Bysiewicz today filed an amicus brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, making her the first candidate to officially urge the Court to reverse the District Court judgment that struck down the clean elections law in August.

(Green Party of Connecticut v. Garfield, 648 F.Supp.2d 298 (D. Conn. 2009).

Bysiewicz, a long‐time advocate for clean elections and strict campaign finance reforms, makes the case that invalidating the Citizens Election Program (CEP) so close to the upcoming primary and general elections will create an inequitable campaign environment for candidates who have participated in the program in good faith. The CEP provides public campaign financing grants to qualified candidates for state office provided that they adhere to strict fundraising and spending limits.

“The Citizens Election Program was a giant leap forward to combat the corruption that has marred Connecticut politics in recent years,” said Bysiewicz. “Now, we risk not just falling backward, but creating harmful new disruptions to an election in‐process. For that reason, it is vital that the Court hear from someone this law directly affects, an actual candidate who has pledged to participate in the Citizen Election Program in 2010.”

The CEP was developed and adopted as law following multiple state and municipal corruption scandals that have marked Connecticut’s recent political history. In August 2009, a federal judge ruled the CEP unconstitutional based on a lawsuit filed by Connecticut’s Green and Libertarian Parties. In her action, Bysiewicz joins Connecticut Common Cause and Connecticut Citizen Action Group to support the program and the principles on which the CEP was founded.

Bysiewicz argues that the first step must be to provide a fair and consistent set of rules for the 2010 elections. However, she pledged to continue her fight to protect and fine tune a system of campaign financing that allows qualified candidates, regardless of personal wealth, to run for public office in the years to come. “I’ve spent the better part of two decades trying to encourage young people to get involved in our political process and in government. Public campaign financing ensures that anyone can run for public office, not just the wealthiest among us or those supported by special interest money,” said Bysiewicz. “By establishing the CEP, we leveled the playing field so that ideas could take the place of dollars. We cannot afford to go back in time where offices could be bought and money counted more than anything,” said Bysiewicz. “Connecticut needs the CEP in 2010; but we’ll continue to need it in order to attract the best, the brightest, and the most committed public servants in the future.”

News release from Rudy Marconi:


“No-Slow” Tolling Will Fund Transportation and Attract Business

RIDGEFIELD, Jan. 5–Exploratory candidate for governor Rudy Marconi has released a new Web commercial calling for putting all-electronic tolling (AET) on Connecticut highways.

“These tolls take traffic at regular speed, without slowing, and they could generate $1 billion a year,” said Marconi. “We pay tolls to drive through New York and Massachusetts. Why shouldn’t they pay to drive through Connecticut?”

He said tolls would reduce congestion and provide needed funding for transportation, which would attract business to Connecticut.

Marconi first called for tolls in an op-ed that appeared recently in the Connecticut Post. It can be found here:

Marconi’s data comes from a study of AET conducted in 2009 by the state’s Transportation Strategy Board. The study can be found here:

News release from Governor Rell:

Governor Rell: $4.5 Million in Stimulus Funds to Boost Use of Geothermal Heating/Cooling Systems

Homeowners, Businesses, Nonprofits Eligible for Grants

Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced the state is dedicating $4.5 million in federal stimulus funds to help homeowners, businesses and nonprofit groups pay for the installation of geothermal heat pump systems, an investment that will lower fuel and electricity bills and promote use of alternative energy.

The cost-effective technology harnesses the Earth’s natural thermal energy for heating and cooling.

“This is a wonderful opportunity and incentive for hundreds of ratepayers to boost the use of efficient, natural energy,” Governor Rell said. “Connecticut is a national leader in embracing and promoting greener, cleaner energy. That allows us to create opportunities for new industry, new jobs and a healthier environment.”

The new Geothermal Heat Pump Incentive Program is part of the comprehensive State Energy Plan that has qualified for $38 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The broad-based plan includes programs that:

· Provide incentives to use alternative energy in homes and businesses;

· Expand fuel cell initiatives;

· Make state buildings more energy efficient;

· Create green collar jobs needed for emerging technologies.

The incentive program will be administered by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF), a ratepayer fund that promotes, develops and invests in clean energy resources for the benefit of Connecticut’s electric ratepayers.

CCEF officials say there is enough funding available to support the installation of about 300 geothermal heat pump systems per year until April 2012, when the federal program ends. The systems can supply up to 100 percent of a customer’s peak heating and cooling load.

“The Geothermal Heat Pump Incentive Program will help to focus the public’s attention on this well-proven technology for reducing the energy needed to heat and cool our homes and buildings,” said CCEF President Lise Dondy. “In particular, the program will encourage Connecticut’s HVAC workforce to expand its skills in the geothermal arena and will stimulate residential and commercial geothermal installations by improving the return on investment.”

For more information about the Geothermal Heat Pump Incentive Program, visit, call (860)563-0015 or e-mail

Earlier this year, the governor announced the launch of another alternative energy incentive initiative, the Solar Thermal Incentive Program, also administered by CCEF.

To view the entire State Energy Plan and for more information on the ARRA in Connecticut, visit the state’s stimulus Web site at and click on the CT Recovery link.



  1. I did not vote for Musto during the primary but I voted for him in the general election. He is not a appealing candidate and the only way Democrats can hold onto this seat is if we beat him in a primary. Moore won Bpt in 2008 but lost Trumbull by a huge margin she got about a 150 votes and Musto got over 800 in Trumbull!!! Moore won every Precinct in Bridgeport including Black Rock School where she got 243 votes and Musto got 223 votes. I voted a straight Democratic line in 2008 and I am satisfied with all my picks with the exception of Musto! If he is on the ballot in November I will skip that race. In 2009 I split my ballot and for the first time I voted for a Republican and a Working Families candidate. In 2010 that will not happen because I’m voting Democrat straight down the line! Republicans = Rich people and these people wanted the middle class and the poor to have nooo healthcare! Vote Democrat 2010!

  2. My last post of the day. I must say I somewhat approve of the job Bill Finch is doing now than John Fab. With Finch crime has gone down a lot in Bpt and he is always letting city residents know of things going on. I see the economy turning around in 2010 and with that things will be better for Bpt. Finch took over as mayor when the economy was going down and to his credit he has not done a bad job if you ask me. I’m not saying he is doing good or I will vote for him but he has done a good job looking at the problems we face on the whole. Remember Ganim was mayor when this country was on the top. If this economy picks up and Finch makes good polices then I can assure you I will be voting for him in 2011. If he does not then I will not vote for him. Hope everyone becomes a fan of his on Facebook.

  3. donj: Let me give you a few things to think about. Let’s take them in reverse order that you wrote about them.
    1. Ganim came in when the country was on top. Wrong!!! Ganim came in after Mary Moran wanted to declare bankruptcy. The city was on the brink of financial disaster. We needed to sell Beardsley Park to the state to get the monies necessary to keep the city going. I know about that as I was the deciding vote on that sale.
    2. Finch at the protest of the jail on Virginia Ave. True he was there. True he offered the state 2 other locations in the city. True he said it should be built elsewhere. What you and others don’t know is that he was informed of this project by the state OVER 1 YEAR AGO and said NOTHING.
    3. Musto you voted for him simply because he was a Democrat and knew nothing else about him. In reality you need to look at the candidate and what he represents not his party affiliation only.
    I do like the fact that as a young person you are interested and speak up. Please don’t take this as a knock against you but there is often more behind the scenes that takes research to find out.

  4. If Finch can overcome Bridgeport’s problems–on which Steel Point’s outcome will partially depend–the day may come when the city erects a statue of him.

    The Bridgeport Question by Alexander Soule of The Faifield County Business Journal

    It continues …

    Home Fairfield County Business Journal The Bridgeport question
    The Bridgeport question
    Alexander Soule | Dec-30-09, 01:29 PM |

    “The past year has been a difficult one, but look at how far we’ve come,” Finch said, in a September address on the state of the city. “We’ve weathered an economic downturn that scuttled several large banks and investment houses, but here in Bridgeport we worked through a $20 million deficit, balanced the budget, and for the first time in memory, the current year’s budget is $2 million less than last year.”

    The city is littered with large numbers of mildly contaminated brownfield properties. While Connecticut and Fairfield County convinced developers throughout the county to undertake brownfield redevelopment, such projects remain laborious and dependent on public funding to offset costs and risks to developers. Bridgeport, a onetime manufacturing center, has a large number of such properties that must compete with others in Fairfield County closer to New York City.

    The city achieved some modest successes in redeveloping brownfields in the past year, including Greenwich-based United Rentals Inc. creating a 40,000-square-foot facility; American Fabrics rehabbing a 150,000-square-foot space; and B&E Juices cleaning up a site for its use

    Although this article contains critical points, the overriding message is that Bridgeport’s condition is improving.

  5. Although I was not as eloquent as Nancy Hadley; I too sent an email to State Senator Eileen Daily. It went like this:

    PLEASE consider another location for the juvenile facility. Connecticut is composed of many fine residential neighborhoods, some if them located in Bridgeport. We’re saturated with tax-exempt properties here, a suburban setting seems more equitable to me.

    Best Regards,

    Local Eyes

  6. Very good letter from Nancy Hadley. This is a women who wears Bridgeport on her sleeve. Nancy is constantly talking up Bridgeport. If there was one mistake made by Finch and his administration it was letting Nancy Hadley go.
    Instead we hired Don Eversley in her place. Does anyone know where he is? My spies tell me he is stuck on a train from New York to Bridgeport as he lives in New York.
    Nancy scared people in this administration because she is a strong opinionated women. A women who tells the truth and does not gloss over bad situations. All one has to do is look at the talented women let go by this administration example Bakalar and Mount (ladies if I spelled your names wrong sorry).
    Nancy Hadley cares about the well being of this city. It’s a shame that our elected officials don’t feel the same way (exception Chris Caruso). I know if I were in charge Nancy would be one of the first people I would hire to my staff along with the other 2 ladies I have mentioned. They would replace the gutless jerks we have working at the highest levels now.

  7. Happy New Year to thinkers, writers and readers of OIB!!!

    The process by which CT bond funds are requested, put in line for approval by the Bonding Commission and ultimately make a monthly agenda (courtesy of the sitting Governor) for final approval does not always meet the needs of a changing community landscape. And the info that is part of such proposals does not always arrive at the Governor’s desk with the details of who is pushing for the proposal, what is contemplated and a breakdown of how the funds will be spent. (The ongoing confusion/controversy over the $500,000 in State bonding proposed by former Rep Bob Keeley to perform work on Ellsworth Field is one current example of professional design and broad community discussion that was deferred until after the money was approved, over two years ago.)
    I don’t have a zoning map available at the moment, but what does that property show for the types of facilities permitted? Is a detention center allowed at this time? How did residents weigh in as the Master Plan was put together over the past two years?
    If a detention facility is not a favored use at this time, can neighbors resist the State in the courts? The history of the New London case where eminent domain was exercised for the benefit of “new development” that may never have been fully used and/or that is leaving the area at this later date, should certainly give pause if other equally good ideas are available. The addition of floors to the male youth facility along the waterfront seems on the face of it to be a good idea. Since Bridgeport already has such a small land base and since a significant portion of the land is owned by entities that pay no tax, a low tax or a payment in lieu of tax that does not adequately fund the City budget, perhaps we need to ‘grow up’?

    1. Back in 1997 when the City started to aggressively plan for the construction of new schools, I strongly recommended that the foundations of the schools to be built were designed with future expansion in mind. I suggested that the foundation and structure of the Cesar Batalla School be designed so that more floors can be added in the future if needed. As far as I’m concerned none of the schools built so far are designed to withstand additional floors with little interruption to the other floors. This brings me to the point made by BEACON2: “The addition of floors to the male youth facility along the waterfront seems on the face of it to be a good idea.” Will the jail by the water withstand the weight of additional floors; additional weight of HVAC system and an additional 2 feet of snow from a blizzard? We hear a lot about the city planning for the future. How can there be any planning for the future when it is obvious that they built for the present?

  8. I have to admit to an admiration for Chris Caruso. I’ve mocked him in the past, called him a one-trick pony (all that ranting about a “corrupt political machine”) but he’s the only person holding public office in Bridgeport that actually puts the welfare of the people of the city of Bridgeport FIRST. His service in the state legislature is no mere stepping stone to higher office. He would’ve been protesting the state’s plan to build a detention facility for delinquent adolescent girls even if it wasn’t in his district. What are the city’s other legislators doing? Lennie quoted Rep. Anthony Musto’s press release: “I’m glad to hear that this project is moving forward in Bridgeport, and I thank the governor for this investment in our city. Fifteen million in construction work taking place in Bridgeport is welcome news in these difficult economic times.” Gee, thanks a lot, Tony. Fifteen million in construction funds ought to go toward replacing that goddamned drawbridge on Golden Hill Street, not a holding tank for juvenile offenders.

    At least his heart is in the right place …

  9. Jodi Rell is full of hot air! BEACON2–State trumps local zoning laws similar to city not required to adhere to zoning laws. Case in point is Ellsworth Field. Put the girls’ joint in Trumbull up on Quarry Rd. Do a land swap with the Gov. Put Virginia Ave. on the tax rolls and build the school up at that corporate park, near Old Town Road, in Trumbull, where they just lost a major tenant.

    1. I have a better idea: put the girls’ detention facility on the property that Bob Scinto wanted to build his Jewish Home for the Elderly. There’s well water up there. All else that’s needed is a few outhouses.

  10. Remember when Bridgeport’s entire state delegation except for Auden Grogins voted to override the Governor’s veto of the Transportation bill? Senator Musto thought that override was a great idea. The Governor vetoed the bill because several Bridgeport folks pleaded with her. Embarrassment. Now she gets to ram something down Bridgeport’s throat. Never get mad … get even …

  11. Countdown people from Bridgeport can’t complain too loudly about our delegation. Year after year they get elected because they are on the Democratic line (donj take note). They get elected even though they bring squat back to Bridgeport. Sure they bring back piddly bullshit but that’s all. A perfect example is the $500 K for Elsworth field. Please, in these hard economic times and the city needing so much we need to spend $500 K on a park that basically sits there unused with the exception of a few Little league Games?
    This delegation shows no leadership and not a damn one of them except for Chris Caruso has said or done squat about the jail bonding. I wish that the majority of voters in Bridgeport would look at the candidates and not the party when voting and maybe just maybe we can replace some of these people. It won’t happen but one can hope.

    1. The majority of voters in Bridgeport, or at least the majority of the registered voters that actually show up at the polls (which is never enough to do much more than maintain the status quo for the DTC) are either apathetic or blissfully ignorant. Or they are conned by the innocuous good-speak spewed by elected officials at community council meetings. The ill-informed young lady that had the unmitigated chutzpa to chastise me for besmirching the pristine reputation of Auden Grogins comes to mind. Ms. Grogins is not a deity, young lady. I have no obligation to venture out to Black Rock Community Council meetings to hear about the sweet nothings Ms. Grogins has done for the people of the city of Bridgeport.

  12. *** Depending on just how big this girls’ detention center is going to be, the current small juvie center on Fairfield Ave. as well as areas in the West End’s industrial ghost town along Railroad Ave. would be better suited & easy access on & off I-95 for the new state building. *** As far as local elections are concerned, a good 50% of the present elected representatives (city, state & fed.) should be replaced! *** I like the toll concept New Jersey has, pick up a toll ticket coming in & pay the toll “$” when leaving CT. Much more revenue has to be collected to try & maintain CT state roads, parkways & highways and expand on & off ramps & signs, etc. *** If Nancy Hadley were still the director of Economic Development, people wouldn’t be trying to figure out what the city was actually doing as far as new developments were concerned or what new ideas to fix & move the old real estate back on to the city tax rolls again were in the making! She was great at letting the community involved know first hand what possible plans were on the drawing board & how it could affect them, etc. Seems the Finch admin. let go far too many of the good city workers that were actually doing a good job! *** In ending, regardless of what “political party” you maybe registered as being a member of, it’s (hopefully) the “actual individual” that best meets your personal qualifications to do the job & of course, get your vote that counts. So whether you’re “new” or a “seasoned” voter, think about all the elected officials of the past & present (good or bad), that Bpt’s basically 1-party city has endorsed for political office for whatever reason, then are elected by Bpt. voters who seem to pay more attention to political parties than the actual individuals that will be doing the job? *** It’s time to “WAKE UP” voters & vote for the individuals that will end up actually doing the job! Not political parties endorsing “CLOWNS!” *** FORGETABOUTIT ***

    1. The juvie center that has been proposed for Virginia Avenue ought to be relocated to Riverside or Cos Cob. Bridgeport ought to share its criminal wealth with other communities in Fairfield County.

  13. “Bridgeport Now” Tuesday Jan 5 Ch 88 at 8pm.

    Tonight, more discussion on Hartford’s attempt to bond our state Gov Rell’s Bridgeport’s prison girls detention center. It seems momentum is really going on this issue.

    We will also read town committee’s favorable comment about Nancy Hadley on the air.

  14. Regarding the Girls’ Jail … It is good to see that folks are opposing this misguided project, and it is even better to see that Bridgeport citizens are standing up to the shove-down-the-throat mentality of Hartford.
    It is interesting to note however, that some of the people opposing the Girls’ Jail are some of the same people that supported the development of the Boys’ Jail on the river downtown. We know who you are …
    These people should be more consistent and less politically expedient. Let’s be driven by what is good for Bridgeport and less by personal political aspirations.

  15. donj, your last post had a question to TC that shows you still don’t get his past comments to you. Never vote party line … look at the individual. Why are you asking if he’ll vote GOP for gov next year when we have no official candidates yet? I voted for Rell in the past, and next year, of all the announced candidates I like SuBy the best. Look at people and not party label. Please. You’ll find that your conscience will feel better when you do. Blind party loyalty is a major reason that this city is in bad shape.

  16. donj; just so you know. Yes I voted for her the last time she ran. I did not like what DeStefano or Malloy for that matter stood for. I keep telling you to look at the candidate not the party. Many people in politics are with that party because they are the dominant party where they live. Bridgeport is an example where the Dems are the majority. Look at Fairfield where the Republicans are the majority. Does that mean that all the Republicans in Fairfield follow the national Republican mantra? No they don’t. Do you think that all the Dems in Bridgeport believe in the Dem’s national philosophy? NO.
    BTW Rell had a 70% to 80% favorability rating in Connecticut which has voted overwhelmingly Democratic for years. Why do you think that happened?
    BTW #2 I am leaning towards Susan B as of today and based on the announced candidates today.


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